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Busty and The Bass release new EP ‘The ET Suite’

“A formidable soul power, riffing through funky styles but sounding right-now.” [4 stars] – MOJO

Following the success of their internationally acclaimed 2020 album Eddie, Montréal’s jazz-funk octet, Busty And The Bass are back with their brand-new genre fluid EP, The ET Suite out now via Arts & Crafts.

Pulled together by an expert team of friends and collaborators, The ET Suite musically encapsulates the alien process of isolated recording sessions. Having enjoyed a deluge of praise following the release of their 2020 album Eddie, the unique and innovative project provides a definitive sequel by expanding and reimagining their featured album track, ‘ET’ into something entirely otherworldly and new.   

Split across five tracks, the EP is a fifteen-minute space odyssey that guides the listener through various interpretations of the original song. Everything from the verse to the instrumentation takes on new forms employing irresistible funk-laden rhythm on lead single ‘Suite Pt II (feat. Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire)’ – out March 10, delicate African soul on ‘Suite Pt III (feat. Pierre Kwenders)’ and free jazz freak outs on ‘Suite Pt IV’. 

Chris Vincent [trombone player]: “Contrary to how we’ve recorded in the past, every element of this was recorded in isolation. There were lots of discussions and listening sessions but as far as the recording process went, each instrument was recorded completely independently. This ended up playing into the themes of the music. The ET Suite is really a space traveling journey from one isolated planet to the next and that transportation to different spaces is exactly how the creative process worked.”  

Busty And The Bass’s recent album, Eddie was released in summer 2020 via Arts & Crafts. The 12 tracks set nostalgic and vulnerable lyrical ruminations against a soundscape of simmering soul, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, perennial psychedelic funk and artful R&B. Produced by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, Anderson .Paak) and executively produced by Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, it features legendary collaborators George Clinton, Macy Gray, Illa J and Jon Connor. The octet of Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums] recorded Eddie over three uninterrupted weeks in Montréal.

The multinational band met during their first week as students in the jazz program at McGill University back in 2011. Beginning as an instrumental act, they capitalized on every gig they could, taking $100 for a three-hour set or exchanging tunes for wine and hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties. They went on to drop a pair of EPs – GLAM [2015] and LIFT [2016] – before unveiling 2017’s full-length debut, Uncommon Good. In addition to packing houses on headline tours, they graced the stages of international festivals such as Made in AmericaOsheagaPinkpopMontréal International Jazz FestivalThe Great EscapeOttawa Bluesfest, and Rifflandia, playing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Anderson .Paak, and Lana Del Rey.

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